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The prize for most original charity project was won by Marta Mikysková

04. June 2008

Marta Mikysková won the country-wide “Ostrich” contest, whose goal is to support young people who help their community in an original and unselfish way. The people publicly voted for Marta Mikysková out of eleven regional finalists. Marta thrilled the voters with the fact that, in her spare time, she sews dolls for the ‘Adopt a Doll, Protect a Child’ project from UNICEF. She’s already helped more than 500 third-world children to be vaccinated against the main childhood diseases. The Ostrich Contest is organized by the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation in conjunction with ‘Diaries’.

Marta Mikysková won the country-wide “Ostrich” contest, whose goal is to support young people who help their community in an original and unselfish way. The people publicly voted for Marta Mikysková out of eleven regional finalists. Marta thrilled the voters with the fact that, in her spare time, she sews dolls for the ‘Adopt a Doll, Protect a Child’ project from UNICEF. She’s already helped more than 500 third-world children to be vaccinated against the main childhood diseases. The Ostrich Contest is organized by the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation in conjunction with ‘Diaries’.

“With the contest, we wanted to showcase people all over the country who have projects supported by others, but unknown hidden until now,” says Inga Kaškelyte, Executive Director of the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation. The contest came out of the cooperation between the Vodafone Foundation and Diaries. Anyone, up to the age of 33, who works for any sort of non-profit organization in the Czech Republic, may be nominated.

Marta Mikysková first won the regional, Pardubice round, where she was selected by a panel, which included representatives from the Vodafone Foundation, Diaries and other regional non-profits. Each regional winner then went on to publicly compete for votes on the Vodafone Foundation portal. Mikysková came out the winner of the national competition.

“I started to sew dolls when I heard about the “Adopt a Doll, protect a Child” project. It immediately occurred to me that I could combine my passion for needlework and help someone at the same time. I wanted to use my time for something useful while helping those in need. It’s always been better for me to help someone with my own hands than to just send money,” says Mikysková.

The “Adopt a Doll, protect a Child” project is unique in that, in vaccinating third-world children, you are helping two kinds of people contribute: certainly the volunteers, who make the doll from a pattern that they send to UNICEF stores, and also the “adoptive family”, who buys the doll. UNICEF puts this contribution toward the vaccination of one child from a developing country against the six most dangerous childhood diseases: measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, tuberculosis and polio.